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Segar Passi, Torres Strait Pigeon in Wongai tree, acrylic on canvas, 2004. Collection of Kenny Bedford.
Segar Passi: Bakei- 1960s To the Present
11 July - 21 September 2014

The first ever major exhibition of works by senior Torres Strait Island artist, Segar Passi, will bring together a selection of works from the Margaret Lawrie Collection, along with new paintings exploring the revisited themes of everyday Island life and cultural lore. Passi has been an active artist for over six decades, and is now in his seventies, but his passion for painting has never wavered, as illustrated in this remarkable exhibition.
EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT: Saturday 26 July 2014, 3:00 - 4:30pm, with Hetti Perkins, Resident Curator and Creative Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney.

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Sydenham Edwards, Francis Sansom, engraver, S Curtis, publisher Doryanthes excelsa (detail), 1814, hand-coloured engraving plate 1685A from Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Vol. 41 circa 1814. Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat. Purchased 2011
Capturing Flora: Passion for the Exotick
1 August - 12 October 2014

Capturing Flora explores the diverse and unique flora of Australia and the tradition of recording new found plants. Many of the works included date back to journals and scientific publications produced in the wake of government-sponsored voyages of exploration. The botanical art from this period was inspired by the newly-formulated theories of scientific classification. A strong focus of the exhibition is the way Australia's unusual and amazing flora has been recorded, interpreted and popularized by botanical artists, in particular the period associated with the promotion of these new 'exotick' plants in Britain and Europe.
An Art Gallery of Ballarat touring exhibition

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Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, Trezise and Roughsey search for Hells Gate, 1985, oil on board, Private Collection Cairns
Searching for Hells Gate: Percy Trezise, Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey and Ray Crooke
29 August - 9 November 2014

In July of 1969 Percy Trezise, Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, Frank Woolsten and Ray Crooke undertook a search of the Kennedy Creek Region of Cape York. Their aim was to locate a pass in the Great Dividing Range named after the exhortations of a priest as the 'Gates of Hell' during the 1873 Palmer River gold rush. Searching for Hells Gate explores the rediscovery of the passage and examines the stories relating to the history of the region through the paintings of Ray Crooke, Percy Trezise and Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey.
OPENING EVENT: Friday 29 August 2014, 6:45pm, with Peter Denham, Director, Museum of Brisbane.

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Stephen Bowers, Blu roo - a little bird told me, 2011. Wheel thrown earthenware by Mark Heidenrich underglaze colour, clear earthenware glaze.
Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura Jam Factory Icon 2013
17 October - 30 November 2014

Beyond Bravura features an extensive selection of works by Stephen Bowers, one of Australia's leading contemporary ceramic artists. Bowers has been working with ceramics since the late 1970s, and for much of his career he has been making objects that are rich in whimsical figurative ornamentation.
OPENING EVENT: Artist Q&A with Stephen Bowers and Craig Hoy Thursday 30 October 2014, 6:00pm.

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Mark Skelcher, Golden Soil, 2013. Oil on canvas. Collection of the artist.
Crossing the Border: Mark Skelcher
29 August - 5 October 2014

Crossing the Border explores concepts of identity, migration, place, and relationships. The exhibition investigates the experience of becoming an Australian citizen and the feelings surrounding this process including isolation, separation, and displacement. Skelcher's work provides an insight on the processes of fitting into life in a 'new' country, the cultural differences encountered, and being 'foreign'.
OPENING EVENT: Saturday 30 August 2014, 2:00pm, with Kerry Trapnell, artist.

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Brian Robinson, Keeper of the blooms, 2014, paligh plastic, timber (dowel), enamel spray paint
Start Collecting Art! The Affordable Art Auction
26 September - 12 October 2014

Cairns Regional Gallery's major annual fundraising event, Start Collecting Art! The Affordable Art Auction is one of the most popular fixtures on the Cairns arts calendar. The cornerstone of the Gallery's annual fundraising activities, Start Collecting Art! is a two-stage event: an exhibition of dynamic artworks by some of Far North Queensland's most exciting contemporary artists, and a fundraising auction that allows supporters, to acquire works from the exhibition. By purchasing a work supporters will be enabling the Gallery to continue to build its Permanent Collection and develop its programs, and 50% of the purchase price for each work will go back to the artists.
OPENING EVENT: Friday 26 September 2014, 6:00pm.
CLOSING AUCTION: : Friday 10 October 2014. Doors open at 6:00pm, Final Silent Bids at 7:00pm, and Live Auction at 7:30pm.

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Lone White, Seeding, 2011. Private Collection.
Cairns Potters Club: Melting Pot 2014
17 October - 16 November 2014

Melting pot 2014 is the eleventh biennial National Ceramic Exhibition presented by the Cairns Potters Club, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. The National Ceramic Exhibitions showcase current directions in ceramics in Australia and embrace a diversity of approaches to the medium.
OPENING EVENT: Friday 17 October 2014, 6:00pm.

Rose Rigley, Where are you I (detail), 2014
Letters to my father: Rose Rigley
10 October - 16 November 2014

Letters to my father focuses on the fragility of memory, human mortality and the mundane moments that form the composite of our lives. Utilising personal symbolism, Rigley finds the quiet markers of life and investigates the memorials we create to those that we have lost in death. Through sculpture and mixed media, the artist explores the ways in which people store and access their core memories and how these subtle nuances of memory operate unseen, beneath the surface, to shape the individual.
OPENING EVENT: Saturday 11 October 2014, 2:00pm, with Sam Creyton, Artist and Arts Development Officer at Arts Queensland.

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